It’s coming: The Department of Finance Canada has issued its notice of intent to impose countermeasures in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminum products.On June 1, 2018, the Department of Finance Canada issued a list of countermeasure tariffs which will take effect on July 1, 2018. These countermeasures targeted a wide range of products which include (obviously) steel and aluminum but also include stainless steel, food products (stock up on ketchup), paper and wood products, household goods, and some types of appliances. Where the new tariffs affect us (and our customers) is in the area of adhesives in small package sizes:
Certain adhesive products which we currently supply in 400ml tubes (or smaller) are now subject to an additional tariff upon import into Canada as of July 1, 2018. As of now, this category of products is subject to a 10% tariff. Larger package quantities (1kg or larger) are not subject to this tariff. We are reaching out to those customers we know will be affected by this change, and will work with them to minimize the impact of these new tariffs. You can see the text issued by the Department of Canada Finance by clicking here."HS Code 3506.10.xx.xx: Products suitable for use as glues or adhesives, put up for retail sale as glues or adhesives, not exceeding a weight of 1 kg."
Recently, the US government imposed heavy tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the US, and we’re seeing the impact of these tariffs on some of our products. Our Continuous Hinge suppliers have already increased prices on certain hinges by as much as 16%, and it’s possible that other suppliers we work with are facing similar cost increases. As of the date of this post, only Continuous Hinge products are affected. However, as the effects of these tariffs begin to ripple through the US manufacturing sector, it’s possible that some of our other suppliers could also be affected in the coming months. We appreciate your business! If you’re concerned about pricing in the future, there are strategies you can use to reduce (or remove) the short-term impact of price increases like these. We’re happy to discuss these options with you. Call us or reach out using our Contact Form and we’ll set up a time to talk!
Southco has redesigned the wing knob version of its successful E5 Cam Latch series with a stylish, streamlined design that promotes improved ergonomics and enhanced security. The new E5 Wing Knob adds a padlockable feature capable of accepting a hasp shackle up to 8mm in diameter, and promotes a redesigned wing knob that functions as both handle and actuator. The redesigned E5 Wing Knob features concave side surfaces that provide aesthetic appeal as well as positive finger grip for ease of opening panels and doors with a gloved hand. A spring loaded ball detent provides sensory feedback and helps to verify that the door is fully opened or closed with an audible “click”. Tested to NEMA 4 and IP65 standards for water and dust protection, the E5 Wing Knob provides a high degree of ingress protection and is suitable for use indoors and out. Southco’s line of E5 Cam Latches delivers robust, vibration-resistant fastening, features a variety of grip lengths and is available in numerous head style options for added security. Additionally, the E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch features the same panel hole prep as the standard series and is available with a separate latch and cam assembly to promote modular use. The padlockable E5 Wing Knob Cam Latch provides ergonomic operation and secure latching in applications where increased security is necessary, such as industrial equipment with Lockout Tagout (LOTO) requirements. To learn more about Southco’s complete line of Cam Latches, visit our E5 product page.
Accuride started out designing slides for the industrial and electromechanical market and has grown to become a global expert in the design, manufacture, and integration of movement solutions. This has earned Accuride products a reputation for quality and reliability. Their staff takes pride in guiding customers to the most effective and practical solution. Accuride products are used to provide movement, positioning, and access in a vast range of applications across a broad spectrum of industries, including:
- Automotive and transportation
- Enclosures for data storage and communications
- Mobile and static equipment and supply storage
- Machinery and manufacturing
- Emergency and utility vehicles
- Industrial equipment and storage units
- Medical equipment
Tried & True PerformanceOur stringent testing procedures reflect the real-world conditions and include extensive cycle testing, salt spray and moisture exposure, slamming, vibration, and more to ensure continued dynamic performance under demanding conditions.
Special AttributesWe offer a large selection of slides with technology and features specifically designed to enhance industrial applications such as:
- Weather-resistant and corrosion resistant finishes
- Two-way travel for access from both sides of an installation
- Lock-in & lock-out to secure slides in the open and closed positions
- Soft close, self-closing, and touch release features
- Corrosion resistant aluminum or stainless steel slides
- Mounting options such as brackets or bayonet/pocket systems
Choices GaloreAlthough best known for ball bearing drawer slides, explore our Product Catalog to find out more about Accuride’s specialty solutions such as our linear motion slides and innovative electronic locking products.
So you have a great new idea and you’re still working out the details. Maybe you’re still in the “brainstorming” stage or the “drawing on a napkin” stage. If your design incorporates things like latches, locks, drawer slides, gasketing, or any component you won’t be fabricating yourself, you’ll want to consider those components early in the design process and not at the very end. One of the common pitfalls in designing products is overlooking these seemingly little things. If this happens, the designer is often left looking for what we call the “Houdini Latch”*. The Houdini Latch is one that’s never been made, or perhaps functions in a way that no latch* is designed to function and is simply not available. It doesn’t exist. What generally happens next is that the designer is forced to do one of two things: design a completely new latch, which is time-consuming and costly or make significant changes to the design of their product, which is also (you guessed it) time-consuming and costly. What’s the answer? Identify the hardware components you’ll need early in the design process. You’ll have the specifications and design requirements early, so you can adapt your product to make them work. Even if you have to adjust your original design, it’s easier to do it now than to make significant changes later. Don’t worry if there are no off-the-shelf products that fit perfectly. Hopefully, there’s time to work with your supplier or parts distributor to come up with a custom solution. Again, it’s better to do this early on, especially if you’ll have to consider longer lead times.
IT’S NEVER TOO LATE.Even if you’re a little beyond the “drawing on a napkin” stage, we can still offer you practical advice and world-class solutions that will work for you. Call us today or use our handy Contact Form to reach us! *..or hinge, or fastener, or drawer slide, or lock, or whatever.